BA #085: Thomas Middleditch

June 29, 2015 | 1:32 am |

Improviser Thomas Middleditch Podcast Interview

Oh, episode eighty-five thinks that it found itself a cheerleader! On the eighty-fifth Box Angeles actor / improviser Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley, The Wolf of Wall Street) stops by Studio 309. He discusses being bullied in grade school before “figuring it out”, why Chicago is a great training ground for actors, odd jobs like selling shows & walking dogs, how numerous random events have led to his success, and more!


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The BA #085 Breakdown
– Box rants people in the elevator bay.
– The Tommy Middlesnatch buzz and drinking and rituals.
– Growing up in Nelson, BC, Canada and “figuring it out” in high school being voted valedictorian.
– Indoorsy, flashes of weirdness and getting put into a play in 8th grade which changed everything.
– Theatresports, playing soccer and traveling to Australia after graduation.
– Briefly attending the University of Victoria before moving to Toronto for George Brown College.
– Focusing on sketch comedy, selling sneakers at New Balance and relocating to Chicago.
– Immigration, cash jobs like dog walking and taking classes at both Second City & iO.
– Getting a work visa with help from Charna Halpern and not enjoying the ways of old school improv.
– Doing Second City Cruise, considering quitting comedy and getting an SNL audition.
– Random events; new manager, network holding deal and McNuggets sketch into a commercial.
– Starting over in New York City, starting to do commercials and delaying the move to Los Angeles.
– How an audio bit, turned into a pilot, landed the role in Silicon Valley and trying to get in at UCB LA.
– Successes, not enjoying The Office spin-off, and avoiding saying no.
– Thomas describes what he does in three words.
– Thomas answers why show business, why Hollywood and his favorite part of LA.
– Thomas discusses who he enjoys to watch and who he’d like to work with.
– Thomas’s favorite thing he has done and how he defines success.
– Choose your own adventure sign-off.


STUDIO BEER – Golden Road, Heal the Bay IPA



For more Thomas, catch him in ‘Silicon Valley‘ on Amazon, go see him perform at Upright Citizens Brigade or with the Improvised Shakespeare Company and follow him on Twitter @middleditch.

An aspiring actor, Mike ‘Box’ Elder is annoyed by people waiting for the elevator in the lobby. Follow him on Twitter @boxangeles.